Iced Cupcakes (Makes 12)
- 7oz/200g butter, softened
- 7oz/200g caster sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 14oz/400g self raising flour
- 6oz/175g softened butter
- 12oz/350g icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 dessertspoon boiling water
- 6oz/175g roll-out icing
- Food colouring
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
Fill a 12-cup muffin tray with muffin papers
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add in the eggs.
lightly sieve the flour into the buttery mixture.
Continue to cream the mixture together lightly until a smooth dropping consistency has been achieved.
Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and pop the tray into the oven for approximately twenty-five minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool whilst making the butter-icing topping.
Place the softened butter and icing sugar into a large mixing bowl with the vanilla extract and cream until light and fluffy. Add the boiling water to get an extra smooth and light consistency.
Meanwhile knead a little food colouring into the roll-out icing to colour it. Sometimes I divide it in pieces and dye the icing a variety of colours. Roll out the icing and cut out a series of small hearts from the icing. Leave on a tray lined with parchment and allow to firm up.
Using a piping bag, pipe a large swirl of butter icing onto each cupcake and then top with a coloured heart.
Store in an airtight container until required.
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Edward Hayden is at your service…
Check out some of my great recipes using some easy to source ingredients. The recipes won’t take you that long to create in terms of time commitment but are guaranteed to impress your diners!
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Edward has published three cookery books. His first self published book, ‘Edward Entertains’ was released in 2008 and is sold out. His next two publications ‘Food to Love’ (which was awarded the prestigious Kerry Food Book of the Year) and ‘Food for Friends’ were published with The O’Brien Press. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his next book, due for release next year.see books
Over the last 12 years I have acquired a wealth of experience hosting cookery demonstrations around the country at food festivals, hotel function rooms, agricultural shows, school halls as well as many other varied venues. Give us a shout if you would like to arrange a promotional or fundraising cookery demonstration in the future.see demos